I am honored to have been selected to present a half-day session at the PASS Summit 2018 in Seattle, WA. My session is Migrating to SQL Server 2017, and here is the abstract:

Migrating to SQL Server 2017

How do you design and implement a safe and successful migration from an older version of SQL Server to SQL Server 2017 with no data loss and virtually no downtime? What if you have a limited hardware budget for the upgrade effort and you are worried about the core-based licensing in SQL Server 2017? How can you choose your hardware wisely in light of the new licensing model? How can you convince your organization that the time is right to upgrade to SQL Server 2017? This session will cover several different methods for migrating your data to SQL Server 2017 while meeting these objectives and minimizing your hardware and licensing costs.

This is a topic that I have presented and taught multiple times, and it is something I am quite passionate about. I think it is also increasingly relevant as SQL Server 2014 will be falling out of Mainstream support on July 9, 2019, and both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will be falling out of Extended Support on July 9, 2019. Next July is sort of a looming deadline for many organizations!

I am also going to be doing a preview version of this session in the first slot of the next 24 Hours of PASS Summit Preview event on June 12th, 2018.

Hopefully I will see you at both events!